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Hydropower -- It's a 'green' resource
June 19th, 2007 Tri-City Herald, Editorial
Northwest ratepayers got a boost recently when Rep. Cathy McMorris
Rodgers, R-Wash., convinced the House Natural Resources Committee
to agree that hydropower is a renewable energy resource.
It was an important vote for ratepayers in general and for the
many interests dependent upon the four Lower Snake River dams in
Some environmental groups are passionately in favor of breaching
those dams. It will be more difficult when they -- and perhaps the
federal courts -- have to factor in that dams are even "greener"
than windmills and solar panels.
"Hydropower is a clean, reliable and affordable renewable energy
source that serves as a key component in our national
environmental and energy policy objectives," McMorris Rodgers
said. "It's about time Congress recognized that hydropower is
renewable and emissions-free."
She added: "At a time when there are growing concerns about the
impacts of climate change, we need to find energy sources that
will help curb greenhouse gas emissions without stifling our
"Hydropower does just that, and our dams in the Pacific Northwest
produce one of the cleanest forms of electricity generation. I'm
glad my colleagues recognized on a bipartisan basis that
hydropower is a renewable resource similar to wind and solar."
McMorris Rodgers said it would take three nuclear, six coal-fired
or 14 gas-fired power plants to provide the peaking capacity of
the four Snake River dams.
Her amendment recognizing hydropower as a renewable energy
resource passed by a bipartisan vote of 44-0.
If that's any indication of the sense of the Congress (and we
think it is), adverse rulings by federal judges could prove to be
futile gestures in the long run.
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